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Sep 19, 2018 - Stage 26 Siena to San Quirico

Photos to be added Overview/ Highlights As we left we Met some Brazilian women also cycling the francigena... but not as far as us! Rode on a mixture of sealed and gravel roads until morning tea. There was one terrible unsealed climb. Many had to walk it as wheels were slipping. Morning tea we had in a little town, Buonconvento. Gaylene again had a challenge to get a large size ‘crema coffee’... it’s like coffee and icecream whisked together. Italians want to give a tiny cup of it and think more is too sweet ! After that we had gravel...

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Sep 18, 2018 - CROSSING: Isle. Ponza to Ise. Giannutri (3:30a.m. to 7:30pm)

Milena started her day much earlier than I did. There is something about starting my day, not only in the dark, but also in the middle of night that is not a pleasant thought. I have to hand it to these ‘three muskiteers’, they are forever alert, and on the move. They each make my life so easy. Even to the fact that we have had only one real day of bad seas, and that was the very first day..... leaving Corfu, and tackling a full fledged Beaufort 6! My day started at around 7:30a.m. . I was sitting in the salon, drinking my orange juice, and...

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Sep 17, 2018 - CROSSING: Isle Pontile, Ischia to. Isle.Ponza(12:30p to 8:00pm)

Good morning.... we are getting a later start, waiting for Stephen to arrive on the ferry from Naples. Marina is bustling around the boat, while I had my own agenda — like laundry. Stephen came back with Jacques around noon, and we hoisted anchor and were on our way by 12:30p.m. (pic) As we left Pontile, I waved goodbye..... (pic) (pic) We continue cruising along the Eastside of Ischia. Once we got to Casamichelo harbor, and Lacco y meno I found myself waving a vigorous bye bye. I even managed to find the “mushroom” rock and take a...

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Sep 16, 2018 - CROSSING; HBR Amalfi, Italy to Pontile, Ischia (Italy). (8:00a to1:00p)

Copolla came to Milena early this morning, and told us we had to leave now if we wanted to fuel up before we left. Being “a prosciutto slice of a BIG BOAT sandwhich”, Copolla helped us to squuuuuueeeeezze out of our spot, that was so very roomy when we arrived yesterday. (pic) . We were like a cork, being ejected from champagne, as we “popped” out from between two boats, as our slip immediately disappeared as it was swallowed up by our two neighbors. With Copolla and his zodiac at our side we carefully made our way toward the gas...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Stresa - Lake Maggiore

After leaving Verona, we continued to the lakes area of Italy which includes Lake Como, which seems to be the most famous because George Clooney has a house there, and Lake Maggiore, where we were going. As we got off the toll road, our first views of Lake Maggiore were beautiful. Our big bus was on a small road that paralleled the lake’s shoreline and the views got better and better as we approached our hotel. The Alps were all around the lake. Truly beautiful. Then there we were at The Regina Palace Hotel, which was the most elegant of...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Stage 22 Lucca to San Miniato

Overview/ Highlights Now there are only 6 of us. After Tom, Richard and I had breakfast in the town, Gaylene, Ian and Goran joined us for a little explore of Lucca (to find the famous ‘auditorium’ ) before we rode off on the VF route for the day. It was a fairly flat day’s riding through small towns and lightly rural landscape. Relatively densely populated countryside. Roads were generally fine. Stopped in Altopascio at a nice bar, for our morning coffee. They had a yummy iced coffee thickshake thing AND gf pastries in the freezer. Yippee,...

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Sep 14, 2018 - CROSSING: HBR Reggio Calabria, Italy to Capo Palinuro, Italy (5:00a. to 9:00p)

Good Morning, and welcome to yet another day on Milena and her continued crossing to France, and Vieux Port, Cannes. For me, my day began the best of all days..... I got to talk to Lida... and even Ty.... It was so good to hear her voice again..... Blessings to you,Lida and thank you for handling all my complicated stuff when I am not home! My first picture of the day was after Milena had successfully maneuvered the Straits of Messina, while I was on the telephone. (pic) (pic) (pic) (pic) Our journey now Northward on the West side of the...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Stage 18 Fornovo to Berceto

Overview/ Highlights We knew we had a big climb today so everyone was geared up (so to speak) for it. Tom headed off first to taking it nice and slowly. Helen and Gaylene followed later whilst Richard helped Ian replace his broken spoke with a special kevlar spoke that Tom had brought. Yay, Tom to the rescue. Meanwhile I had a pretty slow start to the day after little sleep and several bouts of vomiting through the night. No idea what caused it and although I was fully recovered by morning but I certainly wasn’t in top form for the climb....

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Sep 10, 2018 - Stage 17 Piacenza to Fornovo

Photos to be added Overview/ Highlights Lovely cycling on decent back farm roads in the morning. Lovely countryside with lots of tomatoes lying in the fields. Hot day with nasty climb 3/4 way in. Morning tea in Besanzone. Lovely little town with a nice bar and friendly baker. Lunch in Fidenza. Bike shop guy pumped our tyres but didn’t sell any bike components that we wanted. Not even bike oil or chamois cream!!! Arrived at delightful B&B accommodation and Ian found he had a broken spoke. Much bike cleaning although some of us just...

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Sep 7, 2018 - Stage 14 Verres to Vercelli

We are half way to Rome. 800kms done. Gaylene birthday and we had lots of gravel(thick gravel!) roads. But overall a flat 94km day. Bought long candles to go on gaylenes dessert. Hilarious. They had no idea what to do with them. Put one in each of our desserts and Tichard had to correct their mistake before it was brought to the table... but the candles were never lit!!!’n Total kms 913

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 5 Assisi

We were scheduled to spend the night in the town of Assisi. While we were there, we went on a tour of the St. Francis Basilica. St. Francis founded the Francescean Order over 800 years ago. After his death, the Basilica was built and St. Francis buried under the main chapel. The Basilica has several beautifully painted chapels within the building. The Basilica is in the middle of a quaint medival hillside town. It is amazing that these small towns are still standing and people are still occupying the centuries old houses and shops.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Day 5- Cassino

We are on our way to Assisi. We made one stop along the way. A WWII cemetary for allied forces from the British Empire. The Germans had taken over the abbey on the top of hill. The Allied Force were trying to take it back. Hundreds died during the battle. This cemetary was dedicated to those who lost lives.

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